Nothing is more appealing that a beautiful beach house and while those on the Malibu coastline are indeed a huge catch the located in the southwestern part of Los Angeles County in Manhattan Beach is equally appealing.
Designed by Michael Katz and Janet Korne the L41home is a sustainable energy-efficient house that truly puts the style in compact living. In fact these designers are committed to providing modern architecture at an affordable price. The best part: L41 homes can stand alone as single units or they can be configured as multi-bedroom houses or high-rise structures!
Adding to this are solar water heating technology ambient natural lighting and 60000 liters of water storage system that ensure that the home further retained its ‘green’ tag. Designed by Tim Stewart Architects it is a wonderful example of sustainable architecture.
When it comes to cutting down on construction and material costs along with implementing energy-saving methods one need not always turn towards ‘futuristic’ solutions alone. Traditional buildings techniques can help a great deal as well as current designers and engineers are quickly turning the pages of history back to draw some inspiration.
One of the best ways to go green when it comes to construction and building new homes is to try and use as much of the material that is locally available to reduce carbon footprint while use of materials such as reclaimed wood obviously help. It need not always be fancy high-tech eco-solutions that make a home green and this cool home in the small town of Peachester Australia demonstrates precisely that by blending into the green around it with use of plenty of wood and some smart design.
The designed by studio Bohlin Cywinski Jackson uses many natural elements which make it a part of the western oaks Douglas fir and the lush green yards that are part of this lovely creek. The 10200 square foot home seems to use mostly wood to ensure that the aesthetics of the interiors remain modern and yet ‘natural’ at the same time.
In fact these contemporary dwellings can serve as ideal housing options for first-time buyers students military personnel and many others. You have to give snaps to designers who prioritize making cutting edge housing available to all. As the L41 website states “Small is beautiful.”